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Let's get right to the point- this is an incredible release of true, epic doom metal. While names such as Manilla Road and Brocas Helm are mentioned as influences, by far the best musical comparison is Solstice (UK), particularly the immortal 'New Dark Age' album. Crystal-clear vocals recount the prophecies of old, with lyrical inspiration coming from classic fantasy such as Tolkein's Noldor and Lovecraft's Yithian race. However, this isn't just more generic fantasy Metal like so many acts currently in the power metal genre. Atlantean Kodex carefully craft their songs to be truly epic tales, not just souless tunes pitting Hero A against Dragon B in Enchanted Land C using Magic Sword D. The music moves at a slow to midpaced tempo, never dragging and giving the song time to develop into towering, monumental pieces. There are three full songs and a short, accoustic number ('The White Ships') that will leave fans of this style beging for a full-length album. Fans of classic doom bands such as Marcolin-era Candlemass, early Solitude Aeturnus and Solstice should eat this up. There's nothing else to say except check this one out before it sinks back beneath the waves to await the return of the Old Ones.
Atlantean Kodex are a so-underground-it's-ridiculous band from Germany, and they are probably the best new band anywhere. For several years now this band has existed in the margins, releasing a track here and there on splits and compilations, but finally we have a concentrated dose of what this outfit is capable of with their debut EP The Pnakotic Demos.
This is heavy, emotional, powerful Epic Metal that brings to mind classics like Fates Warning and Warlord, with added influence from Manilla Road, Cauldron Born, even Omen. These are epic songs built on heavy riffing and haunting melody conjured by textured guitarwork and superior vocals. "From Shores Forsaken" sets the stage with a ten-minute workout of power and grace, followed by the propulsive "Marching Homeward", then the delicate acoustic ballad "The White Ship" shows what kind of beauty this band is capable of with a song that sounds like an ancient folk ballad carried away from sinking Hy Brasil. Then "The Hidden Folk" pounds forth with yet more epic thunder. It is not possible to express how cool this is with just words, you have to hear it. Just imagine the ideal music you hope to hear when you hunt out a new band that calls itself 'Epic True Metal' - imagine the underground sound and powerful riffs and vocals evoking ancient lands and lost empires - that is this music. This is everything you could want.
Atlantean Kodex are a band that seems to enjoy being unknown, and we may never get a real album out of them, I don't know. But this...this is amazing. If you call yourself a fan of Epic Metal then you have to have this. Trust me, if you ever have. You must have this. A band so brilliant it borders on frightening.
Originally written for www.metalcrypt.com